Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova Wed, 24 Apr 2019 08:00:56 +0000 en hourly 1 Force Structures’ Representatives Study Operational Planning Tue, 23 Apr 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, April 23, 2019 — A group of National Army service members and representatives of the General Inspectorate of Carabineers of the Ministry of Internal Affairs are attending a Training workshop on the operations’ comprehensive planning process that is conducted at the Ministry of Defense during April 23-25, 2019.

The activity’s objective is to familiarize the soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Moldova with the operational planning in compliance with Western standards.

Within theoretical sessions, the 39 officers are studying the best international methods and practices of operational planning at multinational general staff level and are trained by a mobile team from Allied Joint Force Command Naples consisting of French and German service members.

The Training workshop on the operations’ comprehensive planning process is held for the second year in a row in accordance with the Foreign Activity Plan of the Ministry of Defense and National Army for 2019.

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National Security and Defense Postgraduate Course is Over Fri, 19 Apr 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, April 19, 2019 — The graduates of the National Security and Defense Postgraduate Course “Current issues of national security” received today their diplomas during a ceremony held at Military Academy of Armed Forces “Alexandru cel Bun” (MAAF).

State Secretary Vladimir Iliev congratulated the 21 representatives of religious denominations from the Republic of Moldova, of Ministries of Defense, Internal Affairs, Education, Culture and Research, Finances, of the State Protection and Guard Service and civil society and offered them their badges of graduation.

Vladimir Iliev mentioned that, currently, there is a need for professionals who are able to find the most appropriate solutions to the new challenges of the security environment and expressed the hope that the military and civilian representatives who, during four months, have attended the course had the opportunity to analyze and identify the solutions to the issues regarding the country’s security and defense sector.

According to prorector of MAAF, LTC (r) Igor Sofronescu, the studies had the objective to familiarize the public servants and service members from the central departments of military command with the national security’s current issues and to train them for leading positions within institutions responsible for national defense and security.

The source specified that the course included subjects related to military-political systems and doctrines, good governance and strategic leadership, national and international security, information warfare, international humanitarian law, civilian-military relations, and other relevant themes.

Igor Sofronescu added that, during the course, the participants have paid familiarization visits to central public authorities, military units of force structures, and strategic importance facilities of our country.

This is the sixth edition of the Postgraduate course on national defense and security entitled “Current issues of national security”.

Foto: Leonid Școlinîi

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Anniversaries in the National Army Fri, 19 Apr 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, April 19, 2019 — Two units of the National Army — The Artillery Battalion and the Signal Battalion — marked today their 27th anniversaries during ceremonies held in Ungheni and Chisinau that were attended by the National Army Commanding Corps, veterans, and former commanders.

In Ungheni, National Army Commander, Brig. Gen. Igor Cutie, appreciated the performance of Artillery Battalion’s soldiers during military activities and activities held by the local community and mentioned the professionalism and commitment of the military and civilian staff while fulfilling their missions.

Brig. Gen. Cutie told the soldiers to be determined and perseverant in their service, thus contributing to the continuation of military traditions and promoting the image of the unit and of the entire army among society.

The ceremony in Ungheni included wrestling and weapon handling exercises, an exhibition of military vehicles, weapons, and equipment, as well as a music program performed by local artists.

At the festivity in Chisinau, Deputy Chief of National Army General Staff for operations and training, Col. Eduard Ohladciuc, congratulated the Signal Battalion’s staff and highlighted the importance of the Battalion to the organization and efficient functioning of National Army’s communication systems and the high level of training of the sector’s specialists.

During the ceremony, Col. Ohladciuc awarded diplomas to a group of service members for their merits and professional skills.

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The Joint Moldovan-Romanian Committee Meets at Ministry of Defense Thu, 18 Apr 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, April 18, 2019 — The fifth reunion of the Joint Moldovan-Romanian Defense Committee is held in Chisinau, within April 18-19, 2019. The activity is attended by representatives of defense institutions of the Republic of Moldova and Romania, responsible for the sectors of defense policies, strategic planning, logistics, and international cooperation.

During the sessions, the participants are analyzing the regional and military cooperation between the defense institutions of the two countries, as well as the prospects for its reinforcement.

The main topics are related to the defense sector’s reformation and the achievements of 2018, the defense planning and logistics cooperation, military education, participation in military exercises, and operational medicine.

While in Chisinau, the group of Romanian experts has met with General State Secretary, Radu Burduja, and talked about the support offered by the Romanian Government for the National Army’s modernization. On this occasion, Radu Burduja appreciated the educational offer for the Moldovan service members in military institutions from Romania, the assistance in developing strategic documents — National Defense Strategy and Military Strategy — and the training of Moldovan staff within bilateral and multinational exercises together with Romanian soldiers.

The meetings of the Joint Moldovan-Romanian Defense Committee are held yearly, based on parity, in compliance with article 5 of the Agreements between Government of the Republic of Moldova and Government of Romania on military cooperation signed in Chisinau on April 20, 2012.

The first meeting of the Joint Moldovan-Romanian Defense Committee has been held in the Republic of Moldova, on September 21, 2015.

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Republic of Moldova Appoints a Military Attaché to Canada for the First Time Wed, 17 Apr 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova Chisinau, April 17, 2019 — Military attaché of the Republic of Moldova to the United States of America, Col. Vitalie Micov, has been also accredited to Canada.

The ceremony organized on this occasion at the Department of National Defense (DND) from Ottawa has been attended by Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova to Canada, Ala Beleavschi, and Director of Foreign Liaison Office of DND, Col. Acton Kilby.

According to his competence, Col. Vitalie Micov will be responsible for ensuring an efficient cooperation between the defense institutions of the two nations and identification of new opportunities aimed to develop and enhance the partnership between the National Army of the Republic of Moldova and the Canadian Armed Forces.

While in Ottawa, the military diplomat has met with a series of officials of the DND with the goal of identifying new cooperation projects between the two defense institutions for the continuation of the reforms started by the leadership of the Ministry of Defense.

The Ministry of Defense appointed Col. Vitalie Micov as military attaché to the USA in October 2018. The institution’s leadership took this decision having the objective of promoting the strategic defense dialogue between the Republic of Moldova and the USA.

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“Moldova” Brigade Marks 27th Anniversary Sat, 13 Apr 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, April 13, 2019 — The military and civilian staff of “Moldova” Brigade celebrated today the unit’s 27th anniversary during a ceremony attended by representatives of the National Army General Staff Commanding Corps, local public administration, veterans, and pupils.

The chief of Doctrine and Joint Training Directorate, Col. Octavian Varzari, congratulated the unit’s staff on the occasion of the anniversary and specified that each service member had an essential contribution to the Brigade’s development and reformation.

In this regard, Col. Varzari referred to the soldiers’ performances during bilateral and multinational exercises, UN, EU, OSCE led international peacekeeping missions, and operations conducted in the support of local public authorities — all these actions having a major contribution to the improvement of the defense institution’s capabilities.

The military official assured that, presently, the leadership of the Ministry of Defense and National Army has the objective to create an optimal working environment for the entire military and civilian staff through projects of renovation of military units’ buildings, procurement of equipment and vehicles, trainings, and offering military housing.

During the ceremony, the unit’s soldiers demonstrated wrestling exercises and organized a weapons and military equipment exhibition. The Brigade’s orchestra presented a concert.

“Moldova” Brigade from Balti was established on April 10, 1992, by Decree of the President of the Republic of Moldova.

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Provisions of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 Discussed at Ministry of Defense Thu, 11 Apr 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, April 11, 2019 — State Secretary of Ministry of Defense, Vladimir Iliev, met with the representatives of the Nordic Centre for Gender in Military Operations (NCGM) from Sweden.

The officials talked about the Ministry of Defense’s achievements in implementing the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on “Women, Peace, and Security” and the reformation of the defense and security sector in order to strengthen the future cooperation in these areas.

During the meeting, the State Secretary appreciated the contribution of the NCGM in training the National Army staff on integrating the gender perspective in the defense sector and mentioned that it is necessary to continue this kind of actions in Sweden and the Republic of Moldova by deploying mobile training teams and organizing thematic seminars in our country.

The representatives of the Nordic Centre for Gender in Military Operations stated their availability to organize trainings on gender equality and to offer advice and expertise for the revision and adjustment of the normative and policies framework from the perspective of integrating the gender dimension.

This activity is part of a series of actions aimed to implement the National Plan for the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace, and security for 2018-2021 and the Action plan regarding its implementation, approved by Government Decision No. 259/2018.

The representatives of the Nordic Centre for Gender in Military Operations are paying a study visit to the Republic of Moldova within April 8-12, 2019.

While in Chisinau, the delegation will meet with representatives of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Moldova, UN Women Moldova, Embassy of Sweden in our country, and Information and Documentation Centre on NATO.

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American Military Official Decorated with National Army Medal Thu, 11 Apr 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, April 11, 2019 — General State Secretary Radu Burduja decorated today the Adjutant General of North Carolina National Guard, Maj. Gen. Gregory Lusk, with the medal “For Cooperation” during a ceremony organized at the Ministry of Defense.

The medal was awarded to Maj. Gen. Lusk for his efforts aimed to strengthen the cooperation between the two institutions.

Radu Burduja thanked Maj. Gen. Lusk for the constant support offered to the National Army and specified that the bilateral exercises and the Moldovan-American training in the areas of military medicine, psychology, logistics, EOD contributed to develop the skills of the military and civilian staff of the defense institution of the Republic of Moldova.

The General State Secretary also informed the American military official about the achievements of the Ministry of Defense’s leadership, especially the implementation of the program “Professional Army”, the projects of procuring equipment and vehicles, renovation of military infrastructure, and social protection of contract-based service members. Radu Burduja mentioned that all these actions had the objective to increase the army’s combat capacities.

Maj. Gen. Lusk appreciated the Moldovan soldiers’ performances during bilateral activities conducted both in the USA and in the Republic of Moldova and expressed the hope that such actions would continue in the future.

Also today, Maj. Gen. Lusk met with Brig. Gen. Igor Cutie, National Army Commander.

The officials reviewed the cooperation between the National Army and North Carolina National Guard, with a focus on the joint participation of Moldovan and American soldiers in training exercises and other activities organized through the partnership program.

The Adjutant General of North Carolina National Guard is paying a visit to the Republic of Moldova within April 11-12, 2019 and plans to visit National Army units where he will meet the military staff in order to discuss the Moldovan-American defense partnership.

The National Army of the Republic of Moldova and North Carolina National Guard signed a Memorandum of Agreement on establishment of Partner Units between the two defense institutions, on May 3, 2013. The document aims to consolidate the relations between the National Army and US Army service members and to promote cooperation between the military units of the two states.

The partnership between the Republic of Moldova and North Carolina started on April 22, 1999, by signing the Bilateral Memorandum of Intent aiming to facilitate the cooperation in the economic, cultural, scientific, academic exchanges, defense and civil protection sectors and the coordination of humanitarian efforts of governmental institutions and NGOs.

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National Army Service Members Donate Blood Wed, 10 Apr 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, April 10, 2019 — National Army service members have donated blood at three collecting centers from Chisinau, Balti, and Cahul garrisons.

According to chief of the Military Medical Directorate, LTC Sergiu Cirlan, the action was organized by Ministry of Defense, in cooperation with the National Center for Blood Transfusion, in order to replenish the blood banks, including those of the National Army.

The source mentioned that over 250 soldiers from Ministry of Defense, General Staff, “Moldova”, “Stefan cel Mare”, and “Dacia” Brigades, and the units of Military Compound 142 have voluntarily donated blood.

Last year, over 1,300 military and civilian employees of the National Army donated blood within campaigns organized together with specialized institutions from our country.

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PARP Experts at Ministry of Defense Tue, 09 Apr 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, April 9, 2019 — The achievements of the implementation of the objectives established by the Republic of Moldova within the PfP Planning and Review Process (PARP) are being assessed by a group of NATO experts who are paying a visit to the Ministry of Defense within April 8-10, 2019.

According to chief of the Defense Policy and Planning Directorate, Col. Gheorghe Oarza, the experts will meet with representatives of the directorates and departments of Ministry of Defense and General Staff, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Ministry of Finances, Ministry of Internal Affairs, and Security and Intelligence Service. The officials will talk about the achievements and actions undertaken in order to implement the partnership objectives and the deficiencies that have been identified during the implementation process.

The Republic of Moldova adhered to PARP in 1997 and has set objectives that concerned only the National Army. In 2003, the format of PARP meetings has been broadened through the participation of representatives of government institutions, components of the national security and defense sector.

The cooperation within the partnership allows the use of NATO member and partner states’ experience in order to evaluate the political, military, and economical factors that could affect the PARP process, as well as the development of capacities of declared forces within the Partnership for Peace (PfP).

The PARP participation assessment is conducted every year, according to an odd-even cycle, by each partner state in cooperation with NATO experts.

PARP had been taken on and is in the implementation process in neutral countries such as Sweden, Austria, and Finland.

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